The Rainmaker

The RainmakerJohn Grisham S Five Novels A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, And The Chamber Have Been Number One Best Sellers, And Have A Combined Total Of Million Copies In Print Now, In The Rainmaker, Grisham Returns To The Courtroom For The First Time Since A Time To Kill, And Weaves A Riveting Tale Of Legal Intrigue And Corporate Greed Combining Suspense, Narrative Momentum, And Humor As Only John Grisham Can, This Is Another Spellbinding Read From The Most Popular Author Of Our TimeGrisham S Sixth Spellbinding Novel Of Legal Intrigue And Corporate Greed Displays All Of The Intricate Plotting, Fast Paced Action, Humor, And Suspense That Have Made Him The Most Popular Author Of Our Time In His First Courtroom Thriller Since A Time To Kill, John Grisham Tells The Story Of A Young Man Barely Out Of Law School Who Finds Himself Taking On One Of The Most Powerful, Corrupt, And Ruthless Companies In America And Exposing A Complex, Multibillion Dollar Insurance Scam In Hs Final Semester Of Law School Rudy Baylor Is Required To Provide Free Legal Advice To A Group Of Senior Citizens, And It Is There That He Meets His First Clients, Dot And Buddy Black Their Son, Donny Ray, Is Dying Of Leukemia, And Their Insurance Company Has Flatly Refused To Pay For His Medical Treatments While Rudy Is At First Skeptical, He Soon Realizes That The Blacks Really Have Been Shockingly Mistreated By The Huge Company, And That He Just May Have Stumbled Upon One Of The Largest Insurance Frauds Anyone S Ever Seen And One Of The Most Lucrative And Important Cases In The History Of Civil Litigation The Problem Is, Rudy S Flat Broke, Has No Job, Hasn T Even Passed The Bar, And Is About To Go Head To Head With One Of The Best Defense Attorneys And Powerful Industries In America From The Hardcover Edition

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of

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  • Paperback
  • 419 pages
  • The Rainmaker
  • John Grisham
  • English
  • 07 December 2018
  • 9780385339605

10 thoughts on “The Rainmaker

  1. says:

    I m alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I m right Smooth, savvy, satisfying I think this is my new favorite John Grisham novel While not heavy on scholarly nuance, it has some depth and is crisp, right hearted, expertly paced and reads like ice cold lemonade on the porch in summertime Please feel free to mentally substitute the simile hot toddy curled up in front of a fire in winter if you prefer While this page turner is a very easy read, I wouldn t call this light as Grisham does a good job infusing the narrative with a sense of importance and emotional attachment vis a vis the characters and the central plot Grisham knows his subject and has a knack for dispensing highly digestible tales that quickly suck his readers into the middle of the story where they remain engaged until the end I can think of worse ways to spend time than reading this author s work.PLOT SUMMARY We meet Rudy Baylor when he has not yet finished his third year of Law School at Memphis State We get a scratchy taste of the less than glamorous job market search for non elite students as Rudy is smart, but middle of the pack He s an everyman and we can relate to him and the choices with which he is confronted All students enter law school with a certain amount of idealism and desire to serve the public, but after three years of brutal competition we care for nothing but the right job with the right firm where we can make partner in seven years and earn big bucks. Through a series of missteps, bad luck and the realities of lawyers than legal positions, Rudy finds himself working for J Lyman Bruiser Stone, a shady, shark like ambulance chaser who makes serious bank not so secretly owning most of the topless bars and nightclubs in Memphis Tip of the cap to Grisham as Bruiser is a great character Rudy gets teamed up with another wonderful, morally lenient character named Deck Shifflet Deck has failed the bar six times and basically practices law without a license as a paralawyer Together, we watch two very struggling guys trying to scratch out a living in the overcrowded, lawyer eat lawyer world of Memphis Law There is a well done blooming romance between Rudy and an abused wife and some comic relief involving a nettlesome grandma out to re write her will to cut off her ungrateful kin However, the steak of this meal is a bad faith claim against an insurance company, Great Benefit The whoreporation wrongfully denied coverage for a bone marrow transplant that would have save Donny Ray Black, a young man dying of Leukemia We watch Rudy s trial by fire as he is thrown in the deep end battling the evil insurance company and its massive team of 1000 hr litigators from the Pole in the Keester mega law firm THOUGHTS The inner workings of the courtroom and legal proceedings are handled lightly with sparse details and the concatenation of circumstances leading to the final verdict do not always rigorously following the realistic as the expense of entertainment I didn t have an issue with this because it kept the pacing brisk without bogging the story down in details that I think most readers would find tedious The law is not an exciting place However, Grisham, to his story telling credit, creates excitement by populating his tale with a bevy of Southern flavored characters that feel alive and genuine I don t think Grisham gets the credit he deserves for this as it a real gift In this outing, we have The aforementioned Bruiser Stone and Deck Shifflet add much color to the proceedings Dot Black, the chain smoking, embittered mother of Donny and her husband Buddy, a war veteran who is quietly drunk 24 7 This description may not make them sound likeable, but they are and they are devastated by their son s illness Kelly Riker, the smart, beautiful 19 year old trapped in a horrible marriage with her drunk, abusive husband who s angry at the world because his dreams of being a pro athlete never materialized Judge Tyrone Kipler, the sympathetic judge who hates insurance companies and provides Rudy with valuable assistance and advice These characters elevate the novel above the just another bag of popcorn legal thriller I enjoyed myself reading this and will certainly pick up another Grisham book in the future Before I wrap up, a quick word on the film movie comparison I had previously seen the movie adaptation of this novel and, like _A Time to Kill, I think the movie outshined its source Very little had to be cut from the movie and Coppola did a great job of translating the tone of the story Plus, with casting like Danny DeVito playing Deck Shifflet and Mickey Rourke as Bruiser Stone, the book had a pretty big uphill stroll to compete Even years later, I remember the scene in the movie where Shifflet DeVito is pressuring an auto accident victim in traction and a lot of pain to sign up with him as his lawyer When he finally gets the gut to relent mostly to get rid of him Shifflet walks away with an air punch saying, Were gonna get you a bunch a money What a classic, classic lawyer line and I was happy to see that line was in the book as well Anyway, the book is still very good and I did prefer the novel s ending than the movie The endings are not significantly different, but Rudy Baylor s outlook on the legal profession is put in much starker light in the book and I found that to be superior to the somewhat ambiguous handling of the film In sum, if you ve seen the movie, you are not missing much by not reading the book not much except a well written, entertaining story You can decide For me, the book was worth it and I enjoyed myself 3.5 stars Recommended.

  2. says:

    The Rainmaker, John GrishamThe Rainmaker is a 1995 novel by John Grisham This was Grisham s sixth novel It differs from most of his other novels in that it is written almost completely in the simple present tense 1998 1375 678 20 1385 156 9646982646 1387 9789646982642 1391 232 1375 664 9643282651 1385 9644182855 1381 664 1995

  3. says:

    The Rainmaker takes readers into the underlying corruption of these large corporate insurance companies, pitting a law school student against an obviously much larger and powerful opponent When his new clients inform him that their son is dying of terminal cancer and that their insurance company is repeatedly weaseling out of covering his treatments, Rudy Baylor realizes just how important the case is but when you re a penniless novice arguing with one of America s best defense attorneys, how can you win Meanwhile he s caught up in the competitive world of law struggling to make ends meet, working for a stereotypical ambulance chaser alongside a guy who hasn t exactly passed the bar yet, but still practices law anyway.As usual, John Grisham s legal thrillers are incredible and have the perfect balance of drama, humor, emotion and courtroom battles With many interesting characters on the sidelines as well as front and center, even if you re not really into law it s the kind of book that could easily engage most readers and get them hooked on the unfolding mystery and the evils of insurance giants What s great about The Rainmaker as well is that it doesn t immediately paint corporations as monsters, but rather as complex structures that have the potential to be good or bad in the right hands Rudy s struggle between law school and actual practice, that dry period of no money coming in, is something many readers can probably relate to, as well Any college grad will tell you, even if they ve never studied law, that student loans and scraping for cash and careers is never an easy pursuit unless they ve been lucky enough to have a high paying job straight out of school.

  4. says:

    Why did I like this book so much Because it showed the other side of lawyering the side that isn t romanticized in Grisham s other novels For once, there were no mobsters, no politicians with hidden agendas, no paranoid millionaires with money to burn, no fresh out of college rookies who land in hot water because they accidentally stumbled upon a secret that their storied firms had been keeping for years.Rudy struggles from the outset He s handed one opportunity after another, only to see it vanish in a twinkling He s forced to find work at the bottom of the lawerly barrel, haunting hospitals in the hopes of finding cases to prosecute That actually leads to a case that Rudy feels passionately about, and along with the storyline revolving around Kelly, makes up the majority of the book.I liked Rudy s idealism, his fear when having to go to court for the first time, his passion and fear for Kelly, and his doubts about his chosen line of work It was a refreshing change from Grisham s other novels, and a great view of how the not so fortunate lawyer grads end up.

  5. says:

    Second time I ve read this one It really is a fun, quick and easy lawyer thriller legal drama.

  6. says:

    A very sloppy beginning and an even worse sloppy ending The beginning I found meandering There were just too many plot lines that contained no suspense or anything that grabbed me I couldn t even feel anything for the main character until close to the middle of the book The middle of the book, however, was fantastic It was engaging and fast paced I found myself not wanting to put the book down The centerpiece of the book, the main trial, was handled absolutely fantastically There were some detours to remind the reader of other weaker plot lines, but aside from that, I love it Everything culminating to the nail biting climax was exciting, well written, well paced, and filled with characters with real emotional attachment Then it all completely fell apart at the end The reader got a brilliant conclusion to the primary story line, but then the secondary story lines needed their own half hearted, and pointless conclusions The ultimate ending, without any spoilers, was a huge disappointment and seemed to negate just about everything great the book had going for it If I were to recommend this book, I would tell people to stop reading at the verdict because the absolutely pointless love interest plot picks up again and destroys everything good about the book.

  7. says:

    Good book, less than satisfying endingif I say it will be a spoiler I thought it better than some Grisham books The struggles of a young lawyer as he faces the sordid side of life here Spoiler Below view spoiler This is one of those books that left me sort of worn out with the struggles of life It s not an escapist book as if you re having your own struggles going through the ones here will not exactly give relief The people here including our protagonist get regularly slapped down by life and even if they win they still seem to loseat least most times hide spoiler

  8. says:

    My favorite Grisham novel This is the best one in my opinion The only one of his books I kept Rest, I gave them away Because I have outgrown him OK, I lied I kept his Brethren novel too But you get my point.This was him getting as close to being a poet as he could Saying it in South Park the movie fashion Matt Damon got nothing on this book.

  9. says:

    One of my favourite Grisham books Great drama in the courtroom as Rudy Baylor, novice lawyer sues established, wealthy insurance company Great Benefit Their crime Repeatedly denying the claim of a terminally ill young man apparently just because they couldor so they thought.This book really brings out some important lessons that in the end, big dreams of wealth, success and power usually end up as just that dreams Those that do make it often find that the end result is not what they were seeking so they end up striving for , and , and ..and so it goes on I think it was Jim Carey who said that he wished everyone could be rich and famous so that then they would realise it wasn t the answer.I love the end of this novel as Baylor realises what s really important to him.There is some swearing in this book and some violence which in places is quite graphic There is also a domestic violence storyline and some mild sexual innuendo.Check out my John Grisham Shelf

  10. says:

    One of Grisham s books that I forgot I had read a long time back Very good

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